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Lucky Basil Apr 4, 2012 07:41 PM


I am coming into Boston in May for a weekend, staying at W Hotel (near Chinatown) - any idea where to get food nachos for take out? Around Boylston, Copley, or anywhere close to Chinatown-ish? Thanks (!!!)

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  1. Bob Dobalina RE: Lucky Basil Apr 5, 2012 05:14 AM

    The Rock Bottom Brewery is directly across the street from your hotel - probably your closest bet to find nachos in that neighborhood. Cannot vouch for the quality of the nachos, but they are on the menu.
    The Rattlesnake is a few steps further and also has nachos. http://www.rattlesnakebar.com/

    Why nachos?

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      Lucky Basil RE: Bob Dobalina Apr 5, 2012 06:21 AM

      Thanks for the tip. Never been to Rattlesnake, but know of. Nachos - honestly, the reason is that my friend is also coming to Boston that weekend to see a Red Sox game, my gift. I am from Boston, but to be honest, I would not really know where to get nachos, generally speaking. He loves nachos, and I am flying in on an earlier flight on Friday, so I thought it would be nice if I could get take out nachos since my friend's flight does not come in until quite late Friday.

      Alternatively, I was thinking of getting take out from Summer Shack, since he tells me he wants to have lobster roll. Would they be the best? Maybe not, but I am trying to maximize the weekend, at least for him.

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        Bob Dobalina RE: Lucky Basil Apr 5, 2012 06:59 AM

        Gotcha. Lots of discussion about lobster rolls here on the board, including a recent thread. Neptune in the North End is reasonably close to where you are staying and is generally regarded as the best. James Hook down on Atlantic Avenue is good for take-out. Of course, if you want true lobster value, go to a number of Chinatown spots for twin lobster specials - again, a board search should yield good results.

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          Lucky Basil RE: Bob Dobalina Apr 5, 2012 07:37 PM

          Do you think take out from Neptune would be a bad idea? I am assuming I can get take out. Bad idea in that would it go bad? I am assuming my hotel has refrigerators in their rooms.

          Yes, Chinatown, love it (!) Even though I have moved, I still visit Boston sometimes monthly to go to my fav. place in Chinatown and visit my salon.

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            Bob Dobalina RE: Lucky Basil Apr 6, 2012 04:24 AM

            Good questions I don't know the answers to, but I am sure the quality will not be the same as coming straight from the kitchen. I might offer another suggestion - booking a late table at Market, the restaurant in your hotel, and then getting nachos and lobsters on game day.

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              tammyh RE: Lucky Basil Apr 6, 2012 03:28 PM

              I actually suggest getting take-out, but that's because I haven't been able to get a seat there successfully yet. (The last attempt was a horrible one: name on list for three hours, no call.)

              I think keeping it in the fridge should be fine, considering many places have ready-made rolls sitting in a fridge, like James Hook. Just be warned that you can get the take-away rolls at Neptune only during weekdays around lunch.

              Oh, and do make sure you have a fridge in your room. I've assumed before and was wrong ...

              1. re: tammyh
                bear RE: tammyh Apr 6, 2012 05:15 PM

                I do think a nice cold lobster roll would be much more appealing than cold cheese on nachos, unless there's a microwave in the room.

                Bob's suggestion of a late table at Market sounds great if your friend isn't getting in too late.

        2. re: Bob Dobalina
          Luther RE: Bob Dobalina Apr 6, 2012 08:30 AM

          El Tour de Nacho ranked Rattlesnake a bit higher than Rock Bottom.


          1. re: Luther
            Lucky Basil RE: Luther Apr 7, 2012 08:24 PM

            Thank you everyone for your tips (!!) Ok, my friend is getting in at 10:27 PM on Friday the 11th, so even if the plane is perfectly on time or even early, getting from Logan --> W hotel for an 11:00 PM reservation at Market (which is the latest they can offer) - I don't think he can make it. Ugh. So, maybe Chinatown is our best bet, if he doesn't want take out.

            I won't be arriving in Boston until around 2 PM-ish on Friday, so I probably can't get take out from Neptune.

            Why am I having a brain-freeze for what is open in Boston (in the general area of the W hotel) after 11:30 or so on a Friday night? I mean, aside from strictly speaking, bars, which might not work best for me since I don't drink.

            Maybe Chinatown it is. OR I could get take out from Market (since the latest reservation I could get was 11:00) and it will be sitting out waiting for my friend for no more than ~ 20 minutes or so when he arrives. (Thinking out loud). The things we do for friends. :)

            1. re: Lucky Basil
              Jenny Ondioline RE: Lucky Basil Apr 7, 2012 11:04 PM

              China King, which is the new venture from a couple who used to run the beloved old Chinatown institution King Fung Garden, is open until 2 a.m.

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                bear RE: Lucky Basil Apr 8, 2012 07:16 AM

                If you get stuck, Lucca Back Bay serves until 1 a.m. It's a few blocks from the hotel and the bar food is very good.

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                  Trumpetguy RE: Lucky Basil Apr 8, 2012 04:04 PM

                  How bout Coppa or The Beehive? they serve food late--Not very far from your hotel...

            2. Dave MP RE: Lucky Basil Apr 9, 2012 05:37 PM

              Not much help to the original poster, but Tremont 647 has good chili nachos as part of their Tuesday Taco night. But it's on Tuesdays only I believe..

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